NextAid is an LA based nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of music to support sustainable development projects that serve vulnerable children, youth and women in Africa. Through music events and public education initiatives, NextAid provides empowering opportunities for concerned individuals to make a difference.
NextAid partners with DJs, artists and promoters within the dance music community, garnering strong support from industry leaders and fans alike with their mantra of “using the beats of our generation to provide hope for the next.” Since 2004, NextAid has been building support among industry trendsetters, artists & Dj’s, labels, media, promoters, clubs, and brands, including Louie Vega, Richie Hawtin, DJ Rap, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, Marques Wyatt, Black Coffee, OM Records, Giant Step, URB Magazine, Winter Music Conference, Media Services NYC, and so many more and has become the dance music community’s most recognized and respected non-profit organization.
View a 3 minute video where leading DJ's share their thoughts and feelings about the importance of NextAid. http://tinyurl.com/325pymj
NextAid raises funds and awareness around several at-risk populations in Africa. These current initiatives include the construction of an eco-friendly micro-enterprise facility for a street youth project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya; the education of orphaned children and youth in South Africa by providing school uniforms and supplies; and critical maternal health programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Namibia.
Our main project: Since 2008, NextAid has collaborated with the Kawangware Vision Centre (KVC) in the Kawangware slum bordering Nairobi, Kenya. KVC is a locally created and managed organization started by former street child to provide positive opportunities to get kids off the streets and support vulnerable children at risk of engaging in street life. The organization runs a micro-business making silkscreened gift bags out of recycled paper. NextAid has partnered with KVC to build a new “green” workshop and multipurpose facility to expand their operation and ultimately serve more youth. Earlier this year, we launched the first phase of the project, giving youth an opportunity to learn new vocational skills through an eco-construction training program. We are in the final stages of negotiating to purchase a ¼ acre plot of land for the project and expect to break ground on the facility in early 2011. http://www.africabags.com
View a video showing what these amazing youths are doing in the slums of Kawangware http://tinyurl.com/38zx2ex
For more information about NextAid, visit http://www.nextaid.org, Join our facebook group and fan page, and follow us on Twitter.
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